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Public Art Mural Opportunity for the Blandin Foundation


Public Art Mural Opportunity

Request for Qualifications

Blandin Foundation has contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate a call for an artist/team to design and create a mural on the outside of the Blandin Foundation building. Artists are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the public art opportunity described below.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a mission to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Their vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.


Be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.


Healthy, inclusive rural communities.


As stewards of the Blandin Foundation legacy, they commit themselves to a leadership role on these deeply held beliefs:

Inclusion is Vital – We recognize all people, voices and world views as essential to healthy community.

Relationships Matter – We encourage courageous dialogue, trust, and reciprocity among partners to create positive change.

Integrity is Core – Our actions are guided by honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.

Blandin Foundation has proudly made its home in Itasca County (north central Minnesota) for more than 75 years. This region was the “wood basket” of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles Blandin in the early 20th Century. We continue to stand with Itasca area communities as they design and claim vibrant futures in the 21st Century.

Blandin Foundation’s “home giving area” is Itasca County, plus Blackduck, Hill City, Northome, and Remer, and would like to honor these communities on the outside of their building. This mural will be highly visible, as the wall on Blandin Foundation building faces a major entry point into the city of Grand Rapids and highway 169, which sees heavy vehicle traffic. The building also sits on the edge of the Mississippi River, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This Request for Qualifications is for an outdoor mural on the Blandin Foundation building, to be unveiled in fall of 2019.

Blandin Foundation would like to use this public art initiative to reflect the values on which it is based, honor the communities it serves, and reflect the identities of smaller, rural communities. One artist/team will be commissioned to create a mural which will be located on the outside of the building.

Budget: $70,000 [plus $1000 to 3 finalist artists/teams to present their design ideas in person].

Qualifications are due Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4pm CST. 

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams. 
  • Lead artist must have professional qualifications to complete a mural project of this scale. Additional team members may have a variety of experiences.
  • At least one member of the team must be currently based in the Grand Rapids area.
  • Applicant/team must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: jenk@ forecastpublicart.org. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or furtherinformation, contact Jen Krava, Forecast Creative Services Manager, at jenk@forecastpublicart.org

Call For Artists: New Sanford Medical Center Fargo

New Sanford Medical Center Fargo
Seeks Local Art to Enhance Healing

Submissions for the project are due no later than 

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

healhandFARGO, N.D. – Construction is well underway on the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo. In conjunction with this work, Sanford Health is initiating a Call for Artists (CFA). Sanford aims to enhance its healing environment by incorporating health care appropriate artwork, as it invests in the health and well-being of its patients and the communities it serves.

The CFA is open to artists residing in Sanford’s geographic footprint (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, portions of Montana, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska) whose art meets the required criteria. Oland Arts Consulting, on behalf of Sanford Health, is seeking responses to this CFA and will assist in managing the art procurement for this project. Priority consideration will be given to artists residing in the region served by Sanford Medical Center Fargo. Both existing and commissioned artwork in a variety of mediums will be considered.Submissions for the project are due no later than Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

“Local art can be a powerful tool in enhancing the patient experience,” said Roberta Young, chief nurse executive, Sanford Medical Center Fargo. “Integrating art into our building design is a vital part of completing the innovative process of creating a healing environment for patients, employees and visitors.”

The architecture and interior design of the new medical center will be representative of “The Sanford Look,” which is inspired by elements of collegiate gothic design. The artwork should enhance and harmonize with this design theme and interior finishes, as well as evoke positive feelings and themes. Research has shown that art can help reduce stress and offer the possibility of improved patient outcomes when art is health care appropriate. Traditional and contemporary styles of artwork will be considered equally, as will representational works and highly relatable symbolic works. Abstract works, aggressive styles, dark shadows and colors, stormy skies, somber and desolate landscapes or confrontational figurative images will not be accepted.

Construction for the Sanford Medical Center Fargo began in June 2013 and is slated to be complete in 2017. This $494 million, state-of-the-art building will give Fargo and the surrounding communities one million square feet of facilities focused on health and healing. The eleven floors will house 384 beds with specialties including Children’s, Heart, Women’s and others.

Artists interested in learning more about the project goals and themes, eligibility criteria and the submission process should visit http://olandarts.com/sanfordfargo/.

Additionally, Public Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 3 A/B at Sanford Southpointe Clinic, located at 2400 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. Please enter through Door B; the conference room can be found on third floor.

Please direct any and all questions related to this CFA to project manager, Ivy Oland, available atOlandArts@gmail.com and project assistant, Amber Bintliff, at Amber.OAC@gmail.com with “Sanford Fargo CFA” in the email subject line. All project information can be found atolandarts.com/SanfordFargo.